Marc Laliberté, VIA Rail's
President and CEO, spoke on the issues and challenges confronting the passenger
rail industry in a speech made in Quebec City to the members of the Ordre des
comptables agréés (chartered accountants) du Québec. Laliberté took the opportunity to explain to the
350 convention attendees the context in which VIA operates at the beginning of
this 21st century. In particular, he described the strategies his team has
implemented to manage VIA's growth, despite the difficulties caused by the
economic situation since the end of 2008. He stated that. "VIA must
continue to adapt and evolve if it wishes to pursue its growth and remain
relevant in the coming years."
The dedication of a new
switchyard in Winchester, Ore., may be a relatively minor event in the nearly
140-year history of train service in Roseburg, but it is notable achievement,
according to the News-Review.
The CREATE Program
will be participating in the 14th Annual Transportation Symposium
and Business Exchange sponsored by several CREATE partners and other regional
transportation agencies. Participants include the Regional Transportation
Authority, Illinois Tollway, CTA, Metra, Pace and IDOT, among others.
Deutsche Bahn Netz AG, a
subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn AG (DB), switched to a new tamping surveying
solution from Amberg Technologies. It will support maintenance measures of
automated tamping of tracks and points.
L.B. Foster Company said
it is extending its previously announced cash tender offer, through its
wholly-owned subsidiary Foster Thomas Company, for all outstanding shares of
common stock of Portec Rail Products, Inc., until 12:00 midnight, New York City
time, on November 15, 2010. The tender offer was previously set to expire at midnight,
New York City Time on September 30, 2010.
October 1-3, Metro in
Washington, D.C., will install a track switch and upgrade its track, platforms
and aerial structures on the Yellow, Green and Red lines to improve long-term
reliability and service. The track switch is work that was recommended by the
National Transportation Safety Board. As a result of this work, riders can expect
delays of up to 30 minutes.
Feedback from riders and
communities along the Union Pacific North line regarding recent schedule
changes has prompted Metra to postpone the project to rebuild 22 bridges on the
line until next spring and reinstate the line's original schedule with a
two-track operation starting Sunday, Oct. 3.
The Illinois Commerce Commission has granted
approval for construction of a new bridge that will carry County Highway 19
(7000 N Road) over the Union Pacific tracks, in Kankakee County. The County
proposes to reconstruct the structure with a new multi-steel stringer and
reinforced concrete bridge. It will have a 30-foot wide travel surface with
bridge railing on each side, and will provide 23-feet minimum vertical clearance
over the railroad tracks.
(The following editorial
appeared in the New York Times.) Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey has made a
national name for himself by slashing spending on education and other vital
services. New Jersey's children and other vulnerable residents are paying the
price. Now he wants to stall - and perhaps cancel - one of the most important
transportation projects in the country: a new railway tunnel under the Hudson
River linking New Jersey and Midtown Manhattan.
CSX Transportation has
agreed to pay the District of Columbia $7.5 million toward environmental
cleanup programs as part of a settlement reached this month after D.C.
inspectors witnessed pollutants leeching from the company's Benning Road rail
yard, the Washington Post reports.